Sam Bradford intends to sign with Cardinals

Nonetheless, Bradford brought stability to the quarterback position. And if the Cardinals want him back in 2019, they'll have the ability to exercise an option on his contract for another $20 million.

Nothing can be official before Wednesday afternoon, and given Bradford's injury history - he's twice torn his ACL and missed most of last season because of knee problems, among other aliments in his career - he would definitely have to pass a physical before anything is official.

Bradford underwent season-ending knee surgery in November with hopes of curing ligament damage, but the procedure might not have returned him to full fitness. He had a resurgence in 2016, though, when he threw for 20 touchdowns and five interceptions with Minnesota.

In 2016, while playing 15 of 16 games for the Minnesota Vikings, Bradford led the National Football League with a completion percentage of 71.6 while throwing for 3,877 yards and 20 touchdowns against five interceptions despite going 7-8 as a starter.

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Limited to two games in 2017 because of a knee injury, Bradford became a free agent after his second season with the Minnesota Vikings. He's battled through a series of injuries throughout his career. He didn't start another game the rest of the year. In theory, this is a cost-effective signing that gives the Cardinals a quality veteran starter.

What does this mean for the Vikings?

But giving Cousins a fully guaranteed deal worth $28 million per year is a new level of risk, and could haunt the team if it's a whiff. They looked just as strong with Case Keenum under center, suggesting the scheme and team around him inflated his regularly average numbers.

Did the Cardinals make a good choice with Bradford?

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Of course, that's all contingent on whether Bradford can stay healthy. If he can't, this could be disastrous.

  • Lawrence Cooper